Urban revitalization of the former Gredelj factory zone


45°48'12.34''N 15°59'8.92''E

The abandoned Gredelj industrial zone in the center of the city of Zagreb extends between Branimirova and Vukovarska streets and the railway and bus station, only a 15-minute walk from the centre.

The reconstruction of the Gredelj zone is an opportunity to solve the disconnection between the north and the south of Zagreb. Because of the railway tracks these two parts of the city are connected at only three points. In order to achieve a full integration with the downtown, it is necessary to raise the railway tracks which are already above ground in the rest of the city.

With a systematic approach, Gredelj can become a well integrated part of the contemporary city centre. Such an environment can provide conditions for better quality life and work to residents of all ages, lifestyles and social status. The new construction would not mean the deletion of the existing space identity as the valuable elements of the industrial heritage of the former Gredelj factory would be preserved, while modern architecture would be integrated.


The revitalized heritage site integrated into the public space becomes a contemporary interpretation, but also a logical extension of the Lenucci’s horseshoe. A public area with parks, green areas and squares permeated with facilities such as a market, a museum or new Croatian National Theatre Drama stage would create a vital and substantially diverse urban environment of a unique character. Within the zone, other facilities important for the functioning of the city are planned, such as schools, colleges and public administration buildings.

The concept design of the site is just a framework for future architecture of individual buildings, whose varied solutions will contribute to the visual diversity of the neighbourhood.
One of the important innovations is the creation of a transport hub south of the railway station by moving the bus station underground, under the parking lot next to Paromlin.
Similar industrial heritage revitalization projects within the city centre have been implemented in the last 20 years in many European cities, such as Vienna, Munich, Zurich and Oslo. Abandoned and closed-to-the-public spaces have been transformed into public facilities, pedestrian and park areas.

Fact Sheet

Project name

Urban revitalization of the former Gredelj factory zone

project number



public, culture, residential, urban planning, reuse




2018 - 2019


Croatia, Zagreb,

Site area

543000 m²


3LHD, de Architekten Cie., PwC, Colliers International, M&S Partners, Institut IGH, HDC


City of Zagreb, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Urban planning

Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Paula Kukuljica, Zoran Šuša, Goran Mraović, Ida Ister, Ante Peović; de Architekten Cie. - Branimir Medić, Sunčana Rapaić


HDC - Zoran Kasum, Ružica Herceg

Market research

Colliers International - Vedrana Likan, Klara Matić, Filip Dumbović

Traffic and infrastructure

Institut IGH - Nina Dražin Lovrec, Stjepan Kralj, Slobodan Kljajić, Tomislav Pervan, Dubravka Dujmović

Legal consultants

M&S Partners - Andrej Šooš Maceljski, Nikola Berović, M&S Partners


PwC - Matthias Eicher, Olena Chekmezova, Hrvoje Cesar

Film: Urban revitalization of the former Gredelj factory zone

Animation and text - Boris Goreta, Ida Ister; Narrator - Ivan Kojundžić, Lizette Villaverde; Sound - Berko Muratović



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